Humor Makes You Smarter (& Better)

by Rick on March 22, 2020

From The Rev. Michael F. Hall re: Eliza Rubenstein’s Creation

“I will keep it short and sweet today. Some of you Gilbert and Sullivan fans will chuckle while singing the little ditty (below) to the tune of “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from Pirates of Penzance. (Skip to minute 2:50 in this version on YouTube: see below).

“My suggestion is that you sing it at the top of your lungs while in the shower, or when walking the trail, or as you play solitaire, or put together a puzzle with your loved ones. Thanks to lyricist Eliza Rubenstein
“Enjoy the Day! Seize the Moment & Whatever Else you do, Have Fun Today!
“Take care,
“Rev. Michael: 

Effective Social Distancing

I am the very model of effective social distancing!
I listen to the experts on the topic of resistance-ing;
I know that brunch and yoga class aren’t nearly as imperative
As doing what I can to change the nation’s viral narrative.

I’m very well acquainted, too, with living solitarily
And confident that everyone can do it temporarily:
Go take a walk, or ride a bike, or dig into an unread book;
Avoid the bars and restaurants and carry out, or learn to cook.

There’s lots of stuff to watch online while keeping safe from sinus ills
(In this case, it’s far better to enjoy your Netflix MINUS chills)!
Adopt a pet, compose a ballad, write some earnest doggerel,
And help demolish Trump before our next event inaugural.

Pandemics are alarming, but they aren’t insurmountable
If everybody pitches in to hold ourselves accountable.
In short, please do your part to practice prudent co-existence-ing,
And be the very model of effective social distancing!

–Eliza Rubenstein

The Rev. Michael F. Hall
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church
Keene, New Hampshire

…and thanks to my daughter Brooke Ackerly for passing it on…pass it on. It’s a work of art, especially if you know the tune. If you don’t, YouTube “Very Model of a Model Major General”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon Madian March 22, 2020 at 9:52 am

Love it :)) thanks!!

Susan Porter March 23, 2020 at 9:24 am


Rick March 23, 2020 at 9:40 am

glad you like it

Marty Dutcher March 23, 2020 at 11:15 am

Nice creation, modification of a showtune! I’m just not familiar with that song, but people who sing together seem to have a special connection.
(This is my first comment from my new website and social name!)

I guess we won’t be visiting – in person, anyway – for a while. Bless you with peace, love, and fun! Marty

Lyn March 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm

LOVE it!

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